An exhibition exploring the vital role airships and hot air balloons played during WWI and the involvement of the Lighter than Air Section at Cranwell.http://community.lincolnshire.gov.uk/Cranwellaviationheritagemuseum/
The exhibition at RAF Scampton will be housed in the 'Dambusters' hangar and will feature the recreation of part of an RFC airfield 'somewhere in France or Flanders', including three replica aircraft: a DH2 and Sopwith Camel from Britain, and a Rumpler CVII from Germany. Running from 5 April to 31 August 2018 the RAF Scampton exhibition will tell the history of Scampton in the First World War and of individual RFC and RNAS personnel with a local connection. Visitors will be need to book in advance and they will receive a guided tour of the RAF Scampton Heritage Centre and the Bastion in the Air Exhibition; tours will be free of charge.
NOTE: Pre Booking is essential
An entrance fee will be applicable but visitors will not need to book in advance.
The exhibition focuses on the rising threat to Britain from air attacks by airships and aircraft, and on the British response, including the formation of the RAF in 1918.
A number of museums in Germany are supporting this exhibition with information and artefacts. Lord Ashcroft is kindly lending us the original Victoria Cross awarded to Lt William Leefe Robinson for shooting down an airship over Hertfordshire, the first one destroyed over Britain by a fighter aircraft. We will also be displaying a model zeppelin that is over 5 metres long.
Learn about the contribution by Lincolnshire to British aircraft production during the First World War. Many people – including native 'yellowbellies' – are not aware that Lincoln was one of the world's largest aircraft manufacturing centres at the time!